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The child, Mary*, and her sister Claire*, were “failed consistently” by the State, while in the foster care of their grandparents in a rural area, from 2000 to 2014, an independent review found. Illustrative photograph: Getty

The State’s handling of a case where a child was left in a foster home suffering severe emotional abuse and “gross neglect,” despite numerous reports (...)

A review of the case of “Mary”, who was fostered as a baby with her grandparents in rural Ireland in 2000, before finally being removed from them 14 years later, shows what can go wrong when health administrators either don’t care sufficiently about vulnerable children or are fearful of taking action. Photograph: iStock

When past horror stories about the abusive treatment of children – inside and outside of families – emerge into the light, there is a tendency to take(...)

The girl’s application for judicial review was made, on an ex-parte basis, before Mr Justice Michael Twomey.

A teenage girl who claims she has twice been sexually assaulted by older men has brought a High Court challenge aimed at securing a safe place to live(...)

Allegations of physical abuse were not properly investigated by social workers, nor were suggestions of inappropriate sexual behaviour. Photograph: iStock

After 13 years in the foster care of her grandparents, where she suffered severe emotional abuse and physical neglect, Mary* told her social worker sh(...)

The confidential review, seen by The Irish Times, found the girls should have been removed from the home in 2003; they were not taken out until 2014.   Photograph: iStock

A young girl was left in a foster home where she was subject to “gross neglect” and severe emotional abuse for more than a decade, as the health servi(...)

Some 2,879 Tusla-registered childcare providers had signed an NCS contract up to August 9th

The big change for parents when the National Childcare Scheme is due to start operating on Tuesday, October 29th, is that they, not their childcare pr(...)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, lists children who are deemed to be at risk of significant harm in their homes on its child-protection notification system. Photograph: Alan Betson

A confidential study on the State’s system for monitoring at-risk children found gaps of several years between Tusla receiving reports of welfare conc(...)

Among the unallocated Tusla cases there were 81 disclosures from adults reporting alleged abuse that had taken place when they were children. Six of those cases related to convicted sex offenders, which all required “urgent assessment/follow-up”.

Several cases involving convicted sex offenders requiring “urgent” attention were among a backlog of hundreds of unassessed files held in Tusla’s Port(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said owners of crèches should discuss any quality or regulatory concerns with parents. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has said it will not be providing any further information about a group of 37 creches which were found to have “cr(...)

A senior official in the Department of Children is expected to address an Oireachtas committee on non-compliance in childcare centres. File photograph: iStock

A senior official in the Department of Children is expected to tell an Oireachtas committee that it would not be in the interests of children or paren(...)

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